From Alice Lillie
November 19, 2006
On November 16 there was an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal about
what will happen at the Department of Motor Vehicles in 2008 when the Federal
Real ID law goes into effect. The article emphasized the increased wait times.
Of course that is not the only issue, and certainly not the most important
one. Ron Paul has been warning us about drivers' licenses being turned into
national ID cards for a long time, and it truly is happening.
I immediately sent a letter to the editor which is seen below.
Please watch your local papers for this issue, and send your own letters to
I wish you a very happy holiday season, despite the fact that our freedom is
disappearing down the drain.
To The LVRJ Editor:
I am dismayed that Nevada lawmakers decided to comply with the new drivers
license/state ID requirements posed by the Real ID Act. They did not have to. A
state can bow out.
This new law, never even read by Congresspeople who voted in favor of it as
instructed by the Bush administration, goes into effect in less than two
years, and the RJ article was right. We will have to wait long hours at the DMV
after searching around for personal documents.
This is actually not the worst of it. Nevada State Senator Beers is right.
This is a stealth national ID card. Congressman Ron Paul (Texas) who is the
only one left in Washington who has any notion of freedom left and opposes Bush
at every turn, has warned us about this for years. The card will comply with
federal requirements to list a wealth of highly confidential, including
health information, about the individual. It may even contain a RIFD chip that can
be read from a few feet away. It is a federal ID, and is state only because
it will have the state's logo on it and be issued by the state. And I will
lay a hundred to one odds that there will be no way to register a protest when
we are forced to apply.
Free countries do not have national ID cards. There is no use in pretending
that this is a free country any more, but this has to be resisted, both by our
Legislature and by individuals. We must urge the Nevada Legislature to
refuse to comply.
As for me, a Libertarian, I register my protest right now against this
unconstitutional Real ID act, also the unconstitutional Patriot Act and the more
recent unconstitutional Military Commissions Act.
(P.S. to Zine recipients: I would have also expressed opposition to the John
Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007, signed by Bush in a secret
ceremony about a month ago, which greatly diminished Posse Comitatus, but I could
not remember the name of it.
Earlier this year, I posted a new essay on my Blog, entitled _The Roots of
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